Is it true that the city actually OFFERED a permit to use the streets around UP? If so, was this permit offered free of charge? If so, how in the hell does it make any sense to refuse the offer? It seems like certain persons would once again prefer to minimize the effectiveness of the demonstrations over a stupid purist triviality, especially stupid givenf the city OFFERS you a permit, you are not ASKING permission to do anything, but are rather the subject of an attempt at cooperation that would be mutually beneficial to both the city and the protest's presumed main objective (opposing Bush) by minimizing violence and conflict. Am I missing something here?
And don't worry; yes, I know: bla bla bla we shouldn't need permits, etc., but I've already seen several potentially effective demonstrations ruined by organizers and participants who care more about their own personal vendettas against the PPB than they do about actually accomplishing anything.
I can't make it back to PDX tomorrow, but good luck to everyone and I'm with you mentally if not physically. Give that worthless fucker the welcome he deserves.